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#1 smiler82

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 01:16 PM

Quite an interesting article on the Polish build up to EURO 2012 and the management’s recruitment drive seems to bare similarities with our own. Is this the sign of things to come for the national game seeing the ever increasing movement / emigration / immigration around the world.

The fans reaction (even though they are looking for talent to get them out the group stages) to this policy seems to be the same as our own. Apart from gentleman’s or verbal agreements between nations and due to fans reactions across a number of nations – is there room for an authority on the game to tighten up eligibility policies across the board? Germany is one nation that springs to mind in terms of their policy to bring in players with loose association but not sure on the public opinion? What other countries are doing this?


‘There is also cause for concern on the playing side. A relatively modest group - containing Greece, Russia and the Czechs - has only added to the pressure, with progress to the quarter-finals now seen as a minimum requirement.

Coach Franciszek Smuda is conscious of having a limited pool of quality at his disposal, so has cast his net wide to try to augment his squad. In another matter of identity to stir national controversy, Smuda has actively sought to recruit overseas players from Polish families to the national side.
France has unsurprisingly proved fertile ground given the scale of Polish immigration to the north between World Wars. Midfielder Ludovic Obraniak and defender Damien Perquis have both made their debuts in recent seasons, and become regular fixtures in the team.

The policy has continued. Smuda flew to London late last summer in an unsuccessful attempt to persuade Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny to commit to Poland at France's expense.
Obraniak promises to be a key creative conduit in Poland's midfield, but the jury is out on the others. Public opinion is particularly frosty on the German-raised Eugen Polanski and Sebastien Boenisch, who both openly regarded a Poland call-up as a last resort after being overlooked by Joachim Loew.’

"If it wasn't for Euro 2012, they wouldn't be rushing for Polish passports," says Blaszczak. "(Some have) a perception that the national team is made up of foreigners who can't speak Polish, have a very weak relationship with Poland and agreed to accept the call-up only as they were rejected elsewhere."

#2 adamntg

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 02:00 PM

At least our boys can speak the language.

#3 mariokempes56

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 02:29 PM

At least our boys can speak the language.

Polish ?

#4 ProudScot

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 02:37 PM

Funny how they have that opinion of those two when they were both born in Poland, to Polish parents and then just moved to Germany when they were younger. Seems even more extreme than the views on here!

#5 flicktokick

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 03:07 PM

French Polishers eh? They'll at least have very shiny mahogany tables. (joke © The Broons 1977)


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Posted 23 May 2012 - 04:58 PM

I hear the Polish papers are reporting interest from this coach in some guy called Sheen.

Not sure of his first name, but I'm pretty sure I saw a TV advert where he was speaking polish.

Fans are still no' happy about it.

#7 albathebrave

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 06:05 PM

French Polishers eh? They'll at least have very shiny mahogany tables. (joke © The Broons 1977)

We do oak ones as well!


#8 duncan II

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 06:07 PM

French Polishers eh? They'll at least have very shiny mahogany tables. (joke © The Broons 1977)

Quality. I remember reading that episode too! Was it no Daphne's new man who was a French polisher, if I remember right? Maw, Paw and the bairns were fair runnin' aboot afore the visit, pittin' oot French flags an' Polish flags and a'thin.
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